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Forget about the ‘Dead Ever After’ spoiler May 5, 2013

Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, News.
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That’s right. Forget it. Who cares if someone in Germany got a hold of DEAD EVER AFTER and spoiled the ending on Amazon.com. (I won’t post it because you can easily google it. And yes — I read the spoiler.)

One scientist even says that spoilers don’t spoil a story. (In full disclosure this report on the scientist was written by my husband — a science writer!)

But I’m mostly ticked off at the number of fans who have been trashing Charlaine Harris — the creator of the  Southern Vampire series and who has given us these wonderful characters. (Just go check out her FB page and see some of the nasty comments. Be warned — you’ll see the spoiler.) They don’t like the ending. Cry me a river. You try writing a series and ending it so that everyone is happy. It’s her story. Let her tell it.

Here’s what Charlaine posted on her Facebook page:

“By now some of you know that a reader in Germany obtained a copy of DEAD EVER AFTER and decided to post the ending online. While this is unfortunate, I wanted to say this to all of you: Even if you *personally* are unhappy with the ending, please don’t spoil it for other readers. DEAD EVER AFTER goes on sale on May 7th; after that date, you are more that welcome to come here and tell me how much you like – or don’t like – the choices I’ve made for Sookie. But from one Sookie fan to another, I’m asking you all to please not spoil the book for other readers. Thank you so much for your continued support.”

We can all cite books and series of books in which we didn’t like how the story unfolded or we were disappointed at the ending.  We talk about it a lot. I blog about books I like and don’t like. But this is different. Folks have been downright rude and threatening.  Maybe you should read the book first to see how the story unfolds before declaring you aren’t going to buy it. Of course, that’s your choice as a reader. But have some respect for this wonderful author.

I find it sad that Charlaine Harris isn’t going to tour with this last book because she’s concerned about her fans’ reaction to the ending. Personally, I don’t blame her. I wouldn’t want to talk to a bunch of ungrateful, whiny readers, either. I certainly wouldn’t mind hearing why she ended the book the way she did, but I don’t think we’ll be getting that interview right away. I think Charlaine Harris will just want to keep out of the spotlight and work on her next creation. In the meantime, I am very excited about the May 7 release and will be reading it as soon as it hits my iPad!

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1. krissy - May 5, 2013

I am completely surprised by the nasty comments I have read about the author. It sucks that these loons think they are so entitled. The name Annie Wilkes comes to mind. If you read or saw Misery by Stephen King you know what I mean. I gave up this series after book 6 but still watch True Blood. However, I will read DEA because there was a time when I couldn’t get enough of Sookie, Bill and Eric and I want to read how it all ends, the way Charlaine Harris wrote it; her characters, her story, her choice.

2. Diana McCabe - May 5, 2013

Yup — I was really shocked at the nasty comments, too. I used to read the Anita Blake series — love the first few books — but then the author took it in a direction that just didn’t appeal to me. But I never trashed her for doing it. Heck — it’s hard to write one book – let alone a series. (I think I will try and come back to Anita Blake at some point.) You’re right — these are her characters, her story, her choice!

Krissy - May 6, 2013

I think we have all experienced disappointment in a series direction or ending but for a fan to be so rude, cruel, nasty and downright threatening to an author over a work of fiction is a special kind of crazy and some of those fans should get some counseling asap.


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